Malmesbury Church of England Primary School

Name Malmesbury Church of England Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 26 September 2012
Address Tetbury Hill, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, SN16 9JR
Phone Number 01666823514
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 420 (58% boys 42% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.9
Academy Sponsor Malmesbury C Of E Primary School
Local Authority Wiltshire
Percentage Free School Meals 4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE

Information about this school

This is a larger than average-sized primary school set in a small town. The school is housed in a very modern spacious building set in extensive grounds. Pupils are taught in two classes in each year group. A large majority of pupils attending the school come from White British backgrounds. A small number of pupils come from minority ethnic backgrounds and very few speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is well below the national average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported at school action is below the national average, although the proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above the national average. These needs include speech, language and communication difficulties. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectation for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school has received several awards including the Eco-Schools Bronze and Healthy School awards plus the Sport England Active Mark Gold. There is a children’s centre on the school site which is not managed by the governing body and was therefore not included as part of this inspection.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. This is a school which fully lives up to its motto: ‘Together taking every opportunity to make our best better’. Pupils make outstanding progress in their personal and academic development throughout the school. Their achievement has been well above average for several years. By Year 6, pupils’ attainment is well above average in mathematics and English. Parents and carers are overwhelming in their praise for the school and the high quality of education their children receive. One parent’s comment summed up the views of the vast majority: ‘We feel like the luckiest parents ever. Our child has made fantastic progress and we would not change his school for the world.’ Staff morale is high. The quality of teaching and learning is outstanding and caters for the needs and interests of all pupils exceedingly well. All aspects of the leadership and management are outstanding and this has been a key factor in improving the overall effectiveness of the school since the previous inspection. The headteacher, staff and governors are working very closely together to ensure that the school continues to provide the best education it can for pupils. Pupils’ behaviour and attitudes to learning are excellent. Pupils say they feel very safe in school at all times. They get on very well together. They are courteous and polite and display a high level of respect for others. The school’s curriculum is planned through cross curricular themes that prioritise key learning in different subjects and is based on the International Primary Curriculum. It provides pupils with a wealth of learning experiences. The performing arts and a wide range of sporting and leisure activities feature highly when pupils talk about aspects of school they most enjoy.